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07.13.12 My Top Ten Favorite Albums

My Top Ten Favorite Albums

in no particular order
1pink floyd
Animals


Some of the best musicianship and writing from one of the greatest bands ever. While it's scope isn't as far ranging as Dark Side of the Moon, Wish you were here, or The Wall the technicality of the music and its imagery are able to stand on their own. Perhaps it is because it is rarely head on the radio or at gatherings and isn't as popular as many of the other Floyd pieces but this one does it for me. Favorite track=Dogs
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2The Allman Brothers
Live at the Fillmore East


I have a deep love for the blues. I grew up in the same areas of Florida that the names sakes for the band did. I listened to this album as a young toddler barefoot with cut off jeans around clear water swimming holes trying to beat the heat. It is like an old security blanket. Perfect, soaring, great vocals, a good recording? something new to hear in there each time you listen. A phenomenal band at the height of it's creative powers.
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3Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Couldn't Stand the Weather


Tough to choose just one SRV album but if I have to?.this is it. A follow up to 1983's Texas Flood, this one allowed Stevie to show his immense skills covering Hendix's Voodoo Child, perhaps even surpassing the original version with not only great playing but also an excellent vocal performance. I still remember the first time I heard SRV play "Pride and Joy" off his first solo album on the radio. I had to pull over while driving. It was a welcome sound after years of "New Wave". SRV kept the blues alive and relevant, along with Robert Cray. I consider myself blessed to have seen them both live at different venues.
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4Tool
Lateralus


A great album by accomplished musicians. It just works for me?.the concepts, the amazing playing, the howling vocals, the imagery?it just rocks. I have followed this band since their beginnings and can say that this is their best work thus far. Hoping for more albums from them. They are my favorite "current" band.Love putting on Parabola when I am strapping on my helmet to race?.gets you in the mood to go fast!
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5 Keb Mo'
Keb Mo'


Great kick back and chill album. Loaded with great tunes start to finish. Great renditions of old blues standards done with great polish. Haven't encountered anyone who doesn't enjoy this album. Favorite track?.Victims of Comfort. A thought provoking downtempo gem.
5 
6Miles Davis
Kind of Blue


Classic. Definitive. Perfect. Polish. Cool Jazz. Perfect album to wake up slow on a Sunday with a hangover as you make your way to the coffee pot.
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7 The God Machine
Scenes from the 2nd Story


A riveting listen. This album is a damn near masterpiece and we were all robbed of this practically unknown band when bassist Fernandez passed away. The brilliance of this album must be experienced. If at first listen you don't get it?.listen again. Very hard to pick a single track?.the album must be heard in its entirety to get the full effect. Far beyond grunge, far beyond alternative, far beyond art rock, deep, profound and it fucking rocks??these guys were special. From the opening message?"Are you lost?" So glad I was one of the fortunate few who found this when it was freshly released?it has been a part of me since I heard it upon it's release in 1993
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8Van Morrison
Astral Weeks


Another of those perfect albums you just let run and seamlessly move from one track to the other... endlessly. VAN at the height of his powers. This isn't the pop of "Brown eyed girl", this is another thing all together, stream of consciousness ramblings, poetry, genre defying. Master Jazz musicians gathered around a fully budded young genius.
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9Talking Heads
Speaking in Tongues


Big sounds. Even now, listening to these 30 year old songs?my foot starts tapping, my head starts moving, my hips?OW!. A great album that still stands as a masterpiece. Strange synth sounds, eclectic rhythms, quirky vocals, wonderful choral harmonies and stunning percussions and yet it all works wonderfully. "Slippery People" is one of the many notables after the still stunning "Burning down the House." Give it a listen again, let it knock your socks off again.
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10Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind


A stunning debut album. I was then and still am, blown away by the great songwriting, playing and musicianship, the hooks, the story telling and tenderness of this album. So many great themes in it, like moving through chapters in your life, high school/college, lovers, facing adulthood, changing values, growing up?.all necessary stuff. This album came along at a time in my life where there was a whole lot of movement going on and it kept me company through those moves? raising a family, building a life and a career along with all that goes with it?.it allows me to go back in time and visit that old self?.and pat him on the back?.telling him?.good job bud.
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